Introduction to Photoshop LAB Color, with Dan Margulis

These lessons explore not only the basic structure of LAB and its common uses, but expands into several advanced retouching areas.

LABs power in creating believable separation of colors has made it the venue of choice for many outdoor photographers. These lessons explore not only the basic structure of LAB and its common uses, but expands into several advanced retouching areas.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 05:07)

Dan welcomes you to the course

Lesson 2: The Power of LAB (Duration 07:56)

A look at a few examples that demonstrate the power of LAB

Lesson 3: More LAB Power (Duration 04:48)

A deeper looking into the creative power that LAB mode offers

Lesson 4: A Look at the LAB Channel (Duration 08:30)

Comparing the LAB channel to RGB or CYMK

Lesson 5: A Basic LAB Curve (Duration 08:06)

Take a look at a simple, basic, but powerful curve in LAB

Lesson 6: Taking the Curve Further (Duration 05:06)

What to do when you need to adjust your curve even more

Lesson 7: When Not to Use LAB (Duration 09:05)

A look at when Lab may hurt your image more then help it

Lesson 8: A Closer Look at the LAB Channels Themselves (Duration 04:29)

Take a look at the actual LAB channels themselves

Lesson 9: Creating New Colors (Duration 03:06)

Using the A and B channels to produce new colors

Lesson 10: Correcting a Color Cast (Duration 13:50)

An example of using Lab to correct a color cast

Lesson 11: Enhancing Color with LAB (Duration 09:03)

Experimenting with LAB to enhance and change colors

Lesson 12: LAB and Masks (Duration 13:35)

Selectively enhacing part of your photo with LAB

Lesson 13: Applying a Quick LAB Workflow (Duration 06:33)

Quickly edit an image by applying the LAB workflow

Lesson 14: Paying Attention to Skin Tone (Duration 07:20)

This lesson shows how to concentrate on keeping skin tones intact

Lesson 15: Taking Advantage of LAB Concepts While in RGB (Duration 01:56)

Keeping LAB concepts in mind you can quickly correct an image in RGB mode too

Lesson 16: Blending Adjustments in LAB (Duration 07:59)

Look into the Blend If sliders when used in RGB and LAB

Lesson 17: Masks and Selections in LAB (Duration 02:28)

LAB mode makes it easier to select things by color

Lesson 18: More LAB Blending Power (Duration 04:57)

See ways to blend adjustments that just can't be done in RGB

Lesson 19: Using LAB to Help Fix CYMK Images (Duration 03:08)

Use a copy of an image in LAB mode to help fix a CYMK or RGB image

Lesson 20: Getting Better Skies (Duration 07:55)

Some tips and techniques for getting better skies while maintaing good color everywhere else

Lesson 21: A Final Look at the Power of LAB (Duration 02:15)

Take a look at a few simple LAB techniques used together to produce an image that you could only get with LAB

Lesson 22: Conclusion (Duration 02:44)

Thanks for joining me

Meet Your Instructor: Dan Margulis

Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in 1994, has become the unofficial…


  1. This was an excellent series my Dan and I thoroughly enjoyed it and surprisingly understood. The ability to stop, grab a photo off the web and replicate the demonstration really helps. Hey I am excited. Its too bad I'm so darn old. Ha.

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